Date of Award

January 2018

Degree Type

Open Access Dissertation

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

First Advisor

Carol A. Sommer

Department Affiliation

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Second Advisor

Ken Engebretson

Department Affiliation

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Third Advisor

Lawrence R. Crouch

Department Affiliation

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies


The Johari Window is a model of relational dynamics and key to understanding group counseling. Counselors-in-training must grasp the concept in order to flourish as group leaders in the field. Therefore, how might this concept be explained in a way that provides clarity and enhances students' reflexive skills? This narrative analysis explored in what ways, if any, an originally designed Johari Window experiential activity can help students obtain understanding of the topic. A summarization of Carroll's (1865/2014) Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Other Classic Works as well as movie clips from Tim Burton's production of Disney's Alice in Wonderland (Lebenzon et al., 2010) were utilized to describe the Johari Window. Three points of data were collected. A group of twelve students enrolled in an introductory group counseling course participated in a group interview and reflective writing based on the experiential activity. Then, participant checks were conducted regarding themes and feedback. Key findings included new perspectives on the Johari Window, enhanced personal insights, and a plot of identity development based on the story of Alice and the participants' narrative.